Winona State University announces the introduction of Artists in Wood, a publication representing the Winona State Waterfowl Collection and the Antique Art of the Minnesota Decoy Foundation.
The WSU decoy collection is the first and only permanent public display of decoys in the State of Minnesota, and the book is the first and most comprehensive publication representing Minnesota's antique decoy art and contemporary Minnesota decoy carvers. The book contains more than 130 extraordinary color photographs of decoys combined with history, poetry and detailed descriptions of a decoy shaping.
The antique decoy art depicted in the book resounds with such names as Tuveson, Herters, Theissen, LaPort, Sallet, Quam, Moes, and many others and represents the best of the decoy carving history in Minnesota.
Contemporary carvers are represented by Sam and Lilly Nottleman, Marv Meyer and Marvin Bernet. The Nottleman's waterfowl art is noted for its detail and lifelike appearance. They are both nationally and internationally recognized artists.
Meyer is well-known to Minnesota decoy collectors as a master carver reminiscent of the Old World Black Forest carvers from Germany.
Bernet has been carving decoys since 1949, and his mallard decoy head, carved of sugar pine, is on the cover.